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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fu Fu Fu Fu-Lin Kuo



























On display at the entrance to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa rests three of The Boss's most cherished personal belongings:  a poster from the film Dharti Sheran Di, an absolutely bitchin' 1974 AMC Gremlin, and a copy of Def Leppard's Pyromania on high-quality audio cassette.  It should come as no surprise, then, that the Tampa Yankees master of baseball ceremonies chose a selection from that titanic arena-rock masterwork to announce each plate appearance of Taiwanese infielder Fu-Lin Kuo.  


"Which song?" you wonder?  "Foolin', " of course.  So, let us proceed with the homophony in this, the BBB's first installment of Great Moments in Minor League Walk-up Music:



The BBB audio visual department would like you to take note of the fact this video contains a Def Leppard font, and that such a thing exists, for free, on the internet.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RHP Corey Black and Something Called Head Whack

The 2013 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, which has now officially become the BBB's Southern Harmony and Musical Companion because it guides us and sheds light on eternal truths, states the following about right-handed Yankee pitching prospect Corey Black:  "His athleticism helps him repeat his release point and allowed him to adjust his delivery as a pro, eliminating a head whack that worried scouts."

It is unclear when the head whack returned, or if it ever really left, but this much is clear.  The video below is available for your viewing pleasure and, much like championship love-making, is slowed down for effect at singular, breathless moments.

Steinbrenner Field
Brevard County Manatees at Tampa Yankees




Sunday, April 21, 2013

UT Baseball Ties, Sets Records during Seventeen-Run, Eight-HBP Inning

Here's a baseball happening you've never heard of before.  Eight batters were hit by a pitch and seventeen runs accumulated during a single inning Saturday.  These record-setting events occurred during the seventh inning of game one of a double header between Eckerd College and the University of Tampa.  The HBPs set an NCAA record (across all divisions) for the most during a single inning and the seventeen runs scored in one inning tied a UT record.  One batter, Stephen Dezzi, was hit by a pitch during two different plate appearances in the inning that saw seven pinch hitters used.

From the UT baseball website (formatting by the BBB):


Tampa 7th - Witkowski to p for Owens. Ding singled to right center
(2-2). O'Brien hit by pitch (1-0); Ding advanced to second. Zimmerman hit by
pitch (3-1); O'Brien advanced to second; Ding advanced to third. Schrader hit
by pitch, RBI (0-0); Zimmerman advanced to second; O'Brien advanced to third;
Ding scored. Gawrych hit by pitch, RBI (3-2); Schrader advanced to second;
Zimmerman advanced to third; O'Brien scored. Horsfield to p for Witkowski.
Pippin pinch hit for Pendleton. Pippin singled up the middle, 2 RBI (0-2);
Gawrych advanced to second; Schrader scored; Zimmerman scored. Dezzi pinch hit
for Tillotson. Dezzi hit by pitch (0-0); Pippin advanced to second; Gawrych
advanced to third. Obrochta singled up the middle, 2 RBI (1-0); Dezzi advanced
to second; Pippin scored; Gawrych scored. Danner walked (3-1); Obrochta
advanced to second; Dezzi advanced to third. Pagliarulo pinch hit for Ding.
Pagliarulo singled to right field, RBI (0-0); Danner advanced to second;
Obrochta advanced to third; Dezzi scored. Alvord pinch hit for O'Brien. Alvord
singled to left field, RBI (1-2); Pagliarulo advanced to second; Danner
advanced to third; Obrochta scored. Franklin pinch hit for Zimmerman. Franklin
hit by pitch, RBI (0-1); Alvord advanced to second; Pagliarulo advanced to
third; Danner scored. Hughes pinch hit for Schrader. Langs to p for Horsfield.
Hughes reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (2-0); Franklin out at second 3b to
2b; Alvord advanced to third; Pagliarulo scored. Lowery pinch hit for Gawrych.
Lowery struck out looking (2-2). Pippin walked (3-2); Hughes advanced to
second. Dezzi hit by pitch, RBI (2-2); Pippin advanced to second; Hughes
advanced to third; Alvord scored. Obrochta hit by pitch, RBI (3-2); Dezzi
advanced to second; Pippin advanced to third; Hughes scored. Danner singled to
first base, RBI (1-1); Obrochta advanced to second; Dezzi advanced to third;
Pippin scored. Pagliarulo singled to left center, 2 RBI (0-0); Danner advanced
to second; Obrochta scored; Dezzi scored. Clagg to p for Langs. Alvord singled
up the middle (2-2); Pagliarulo advanced to second; Danner advanced to third.
Franklin reached on a fielding error by 3b (0-0); Alvord advanced to second;
Pagliarulo advanced to third; Danner scored, unearned. Hughes singled up the
middle, RBI (2-0); Franklin advanced to second; Alvord advanced to third;
Pagliarulo scored. Lowery popped up to 1b (1-0). 17 runs, 9 hits, 1 error, 3
LOB.

Astute readers may remember the BBB once criticized those who highlight failure with glee, and point out in today's post, thanks to the bleeding-edge technologies of the Blogger-brand blogging platform, that we have literally highlighted failure with glee.  So be it.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

This post serves little purpose other than to share the following information:
  1. The BBB recently traveled to see the University of Miami host Florida State at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

  2. There is actually a ballpark named "Alex Rodriguez Park".  This fact becomes somewhat less surprising when you consider he paid for it.
     



    To be precise, he contributed $3.9 million dollars to its construction upgrades.  The alumni were somewhat displeased that his name was affixed to the stadium's scoreboard.  The school frequently refers to the stadium as "The Light", in reference to Mark Light, son of the stadium's original benefactor. Mark died of muscular dystrophy.

  3.  You may recognize the name Charlie Leibrandt, former left-handed pitcher of the crafty variety for Kansas City.  According to Royals Review, Mr. Leibrandt is the twenty-fifth greatest Royal of all time.  His son, Brandon Leibrandt, is the pitcher in the video below.  He is also a leftyStill a college pitcher, his level of craft is yet to be determined.  He gives up a walk to Hurricane batter Dale Carey, ranked eighty-fifth in the College Top 100 prospect list of the 2013 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.  This is the BBB's favorite new book.

  4.  The batting cages are named the "Pat Burrell Batting Cages".  We've not fully researched this, but we're jumping to a conclusion as to why they are named this. 


    Pat Burrell did not perform well as a Tampa Bay Ray.  He was paid quite handsomely while not performing well.

  5.  High above the Light, and many other ballparks, the American flag continues to fly.  There is really no point to the video below, other than to show you that Brandon Leibrandt exists, Dale Carey exists, a scoreboard with the words "Alex Rodriguez Park" exists, and most assuredly, the American flag still exists.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Yao-Lin Wang Dominates America!

Hello readers.  We're back with another regularly-scheduled occasional post.  This time we bring you video from last night's matchup between the Daytona Cubs and Tampa Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

The BBB scouting department, which employs zero actual scouts, recently invested in the 2013 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.  This $32.95 purchase ushers in a new day for the BBB.  No longer will we sit in confused ignorance as nameless minor league jerseys perform athletic feats before us.  Now we have backstories, scouting reports, draft and contract details for the top thirty prospects in each MLB organization.  It is really quite nice to read a quick summary of a player as he approaches the plate, then see those descriptions come alive before you during the at-bat.  Does the batter have a long swing, quick hands, trouble with breaking pitches, or above-average gap power?  It's pretty neat to learn these things then be able to see them for yourself during the plate appearance.    This does become problematic however, when you're trying to read and watch the game at the same time.  Frequently, there is the urge to press pause on some non-existent life remote.

Moving on to things we can control, let's proceed to the video.  This game had several highly-ranked prospects.  Javier Baez is the no. 1-ranked prospect in the Cubs organization.  The Yankees had their no. 1-, 3-, and 7-ranked prospects on display in Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, and Angelo Gumbs, respectively.  Interestingly, each of these top Yankee prospects went down on strikes to Taiwanese RHP Yao-Lin Wang.   Wang boasts a 9.68 K/9 across 183 minor league innings, dating back to 2010.  He's not listed in the Prospect Handbook but it was fun to watch nonetheless as he pitched four innings, striking out five batters, and only gave up one hit and a walk.

 This video also features #3-ranked Yankees prospect, catcher Garry Sanchez.

Additionally, the videos sparked some interest from a Taiwanese baseball site, mlbtw.net.  The BBB received a secret back channel communication from the proprietor of that fine internet outpost requesting permission to share the videos with the glorious people of Taiwan.  Rejoice, Taiwan, for on this day your right-handed hero dominates America!  We welcome the Taiwanese people and their virtuous women to the BBB.  Please join us for some freshly-squeezed American baseball and orange juice.